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UROP Showcase

UMD Undergraduate Research/Artistic Showcase

UMD takes great pride in the accomplishments of its undergraduates. Often these efforts are part of our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). However in addition to this formal program, numerous undergraduates pursue independent studies on their own. Almost two decades ago, UMD started a spring showcase so as to afford our undergraduates an opportunity to present, in a public venue, these achievements.

There are two showcases each year; the next showcase is Thursday April 18, 2019. The program, which starts at 11 am and will continue until 2 pm, will feature both verbal and poster presentations.   The next fall showcase will be held on Tuesday November, 12, 2019. 

All undergraduates from any University of Minnesota campus are encouraged to participate; students do not need to have participated in a UROP project in order to present at the showcase.  However, students who have received UROP funding are expected to participate.  No abstract is needed. 

Oral Presentation:   Students may give a 20-minute oral presentation, which begin at 11:00, with the last presentation beginning at 1:40.  Students presenting power point presentations must use the computer in the assigned room and download their presentation between 8:00 - 11:00 on the date of the presentation.  However, do you not have to have a power point to do an oral presentation.

Poster Presentation:   Students may create a poster displaying their project to be presented in the ballroom; posters should be approximately 3' x 4'.  Students are asked to attend their poster when not in class; no student is expected or required to miss class to attend the showcase.  Poster participants will be assigned a poster board space approximately 4 feet wide; the boards will be available between 8 - 11 on the date of the showcase and all poster displays must be set up before 11:00 AM; posters can be taken down at 3:00.   The Geospatial Analysis Center and Printing Services print professional posters appropriate for the showcase.  They request at least 3 working days and charge approximately $48. Please contact the GAC in 389 Kirby Plaza or email them at  You will need to fill out the form found at Ready-to-print PDF files can be emailed to  Poster PDFs must be formatted at the size of the desired poster (e.g. page size 36" x 42").  You may also contact Printing Services in 125 KPlz or email them at for more information.  For those who do not have expense funds, please fill out the form found at: under Student Presentation Funding Request. 

Guidelines for creating a professional poster.

The deadline, is Wednesday April 3, 2019 for the spring showcase.  Requests received after the deadline date will be accepted; but students may not receive a t-shirt.

UMD Students click here to sign up students from any other campus are welcome to attend, please email Nancy Burley at for information.

UROP and The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is here to provide support to you and your faculty mentor to make the most of the UROP experience. With Learning Commons assistance, you can build upon your faculty guidance to create a work that can be a source of pride far into the future.

The Learning Commons can provide:

  • Writing assistance with the application, the project, or final report

  • Research assistance from Reference Librarians

  • Resources from the library, or from other institutions via interlibrary loan

  • Equipment like cameras and microphones for creating projects

  • Subject-specific tutors and peer support

  • On-going preservation of your final report or poster in the library’s d-Commons

Learn more about the Learning Commons, including hours and contact information, here:      


Please contact Nancy Burley (726-7103) to receive further instructions.